“ Brand: Boots / Type: Bronzer / What it does: Bronzes, „
I generally do not wear a lot of make up. On a work day I do not wears make up and at the weekend and evenings generally a bit of mascara, eye line bad lip gloss does the job for me. I am generally a bit scared when it comes to applying make up to my skin, worried that starting applying consealer and foundation I will look fake, orange and it will be obvious that I do not know what I am doing.
A few years ago now when shopping with my sister we were messing about at a make up counter and tried a few bits out. I was amazed at what a result bronzing balls gave at making me look and feel sun kissed. Bronzing balls are also really easy to use, simply get as massive blusher brush, rub it on the bronzer and then apply to your face to the areas that would be first to get a sun stand such as nose and cheeks.
This No7 bronzer us the second that I have used. My husband bought these for me for my last birthday. When I first saw them I was really worried that they would come out reality dark as the balls are much darker than one I have previously used. I was however worried about nothing. I have very pale skin but I use just a little and it makes me look sun kissed. I must says though that it is easy to get carried away and too much and it dies look a little like you have been tangoed!
Unfortunately I am not blessed with gorgeous natural sunkissed skin, so I decided to go out and buy it! My natural complexion is between fair and medium. I usually use a tinted moisturiser as a base coat, then a compact foundation, followed by a bronzer. I have used a number of different bronzers in the past and have never really found one that didn't turn me a slight orange tinge. I always find it hard trying to match my face colour to my neck and chest. I just never know when to stop going down, by the time I have finished bronzing I am orange from my waist up and have used up a whole compact bronzer.
Whilst browsing the make-up aisle I stumbled across Boots No7 Sunkissed Bronzing Pearls. It costs £9.95 from Boots and is a clear round jar with a gold lid. This is a handy size to keep in your hand bag but if it gets banged around too much then the balls do start to disintegrate. So I started my usually morning routine with applying my tinted moisturiser, compact foundation and then started on the bronzing pearls. There are three different coloured pearls in the jar: shimmery off white/beige, brown and red. I placed my make up brush in the jar, and tried to get a good mix of all colours. I applied a light dusting to my cheeks and forehead. I found that the red and brown overpowered the shimmery colour and I ended up looking like I had been out in the sun too long, rather than sunkissed. I think there are far too many red and brown pearls in the jar. I persisted with the pearls, as £9.95 is too expensive to use once and throw away, but I seemed to look red most of the time.
Overall I think that the product would benefit from using lighter coloured pearls for a light complexion like myself. I would not buy this product again as I have used better bronzers at a fraction of the price. The pros of this item is that it is dermatologically test and is hypo-allergenic. It would probably work better with a darker skin tone. If I wanted the 'sunburnt' look then I would have used blusher. My search for a sunkissed look continues....
After buying a bronzing powder by No 17 from Boots and it being a bit too orangey I thought I'd give No7's Sunkissed Bronzing Pearls a go. They only come in one colour/shade, there's no light, meduim or dark so I thought hey I can't go wrong with this, as sometimes trying to judge what shade is best can have drastic results.
The pearls are supposed to give a sunkissed look when applied to parts of the face that the sun would naturally hit. So you should apply to your forehead, down your nose, cheeks and a little to the chin. The pearls are have been dermatologically tested and are hypo-allergenic, so anyone who has sensitive skin will be pleased to know they can purchase and use this product.
The pearls come in a round tub with a gold screw lid. When you unscrew the lid you'll find that there is a little soft sponge which hold the pearls in place when not using, so they don't roll around and break down. The tub is 20g is weight and costs just over £10. The pearls inside are of mixed colours. Some are a kind of peachy colour, there are pink pearls and some which have a brownish tint to them. To apply the product to your face you will need something like a kabuki brush.... you swirl the brush over the top of the pearls and then apply to those parts of the face where you want a natural sun-kissed look.
The pearls give a shimmery bronzed look. It gives you a healthy I've caught the sun look not I've just applied a heavy bronzer or overdone my foundation and turned orange look. Saying that though if you put too much on you do tend to go very pinky-orangey looking so I would recommend use a little and apply a little more at a time to get the look you want to achieve.
As to apply you only need to lightly swirl your brush over the pearls, this product does last a long time. I have had my pot about a year. I don't use it everyday, as I do tend to change some of my products I use and swap and change with mood, seasons and occasion.
I bought these bronzing pearls by no.7 nearly two years ago now, and I have still got some left! I've probably got a good few months worth left still, and as I paid around £10 for them at the time, I have more than got my moneys worth I think!
These bronzing pearls come in a small little pot, and I would say you get around 20 pearls in a pot. They do come with a sponge applicator which is placed on top of the pearls in the pot, but I chucked this out when I first got them as it is a really hard sponge, which felt rough when you apply this product to your face and I didn't like it, so I threw it away and just use one of my own brushes which feels softer on my face.
I think the reason why it has a sponge with quite a rough surface is due to the bronzing pearls being quite hard to get the powder on a normal make up brush. You have to really rub the brush on the bronzing pearls to get enough colour on your brush. You don't need to wear a lot of this product as if you do, it can look a bit too orange. But if you just sweep a light layer on your cheekbones it gives a really natural beautiful glow.
I have been using these bronzing pearls for two years now, and haven't used any other brand of them before so don't have any to compare them too, but I don't think I would try any other brand as I love these by no.7. I saw them in boots last week for £10.50, which is expensive but as they last years they are worth it, especially if you have a £5 off voucher, at £5.50 they are a bargain!
The pearls are different shades of brown, light and dark, and they are all about the same size as a pea. The pot is so small and compact, it is great to keep in your handbag as it takes up no room at all.
You should exfoliate and moisturise the skin well before applying this product for best results. It is hypo-allergenic and dermatalogically tested.
I highly recommend these bronzing pearls by no.7, to give you a lovely sunkissed look all year round!
Well as you probably know, Boots often gives you £5 off No. 7 vouchers, so I treated myself to this product because I'd started to use fake tan and needed something that wasn't so pink to give my cheeks definition, and this was the perfect product.
The pearls are a mixture of pinky, browny and golden colours, so mixed together they have a lovely effect on your skin and is a really good product to wear to get into the summer spirit. My skin has pink undertones even with the fake tan, so this really picked up on my natural colour, but also gave a more bronzed impression.
I used a standard size makeup brush with this to sweep it over my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, and for a night out, also on my sholders and lightly over my clevage, because this product has a little shimmer it really makes your skin glow and look lovely in a nightclub.
During the day I also sweep it over my eyelids and together with mascara it's a quick makeup solution for the mornings. In short this product is multipurpose.
The downside is that sometimes it took some going to get enough powder on the brush, and it's normal price is £10.50, and for a student who doesn't work, I wouldn't pay that price normally.
Nethertheless, boots give out these free vouchers very frequently, so it's worth picking up if you have one of these. If not then you'd get the same useage from a product under £10.
Another favourite No 7 product. I bought these about 4 years ago and am still using them. They have had a good battering thanks to my makeup bag getting thrown here and there thanks to a toddler. LIke other bronzing pearls i have had the do break and crumble if smashed about but this is bound to happen given the way they are used.
They will set you back £10 and of course you will get to earn good old advantage card points. If you wanted other No 7 items look out for the free gift offers boots hold quite often. Normally if u spend around £20-25 depending on the offer you will get a free No7 gift. Bonus!
You will need a brush to apply them, I personally find a good sized proper bronzer brush works best for even coverage. I am fair skinned with freckles and i find that these give me a nice sunkissed glow. Not too harsh or fake looking. You can build up the colour too if you wanted more obvious colour.
I personally don't like to wear foundation daily so find these a good alternative. You hardly know you have anything on your face and they don't dry my skin out as my foundation can. They come in a round clear pot with a gold coloured screw lid. The pearls are held in place by a sponge. Keep the sponge in the lid as if you place it anywhere all the bronzing dust from the pearls will fall out onto the surface.
Even though my pearls are all battered I'm still using my pearls and happy with them.
No.7 Sunkissed Bronzing pearls, 20g
£10.00 (which will earn you 40 advantage card points, worth 40p)
After reviewing most of the No 7 range, I thought it was about time that I reviewed one of my favourite products in the range.
I first bought this around 3 years ago, and haven't looked back since!
It comes in a small circular tub with clear bottom and a gold lid. They have various coloured bronzing balls inside in beige, brown and bronze tones. There is also a small foam covering inside to keep the 'pearls' in place.
Now 20g doesn't sound much but as you only use the smallest amount each time they do last quite a while, mine tends to last up to 9 months and I use it on an almost daily basis. When you consider this, they are excellent value for money.
To use them you will need a large make-up brush. I have used various brushes with this ranging from £1 - £9 in price and haven't found much difference in results (the only noticeable difference is that cheaper brushes tend to lose more bristles than more expensive ones). Due to this I believe that it is the quality of the product that matters rather than the quality of the tools.
You swirl the brush around over the pearls for a few seconds then apply, I find it better to tap the side of the brush on something, usually the side of the sink as I apply in the bathroom, as this takes any excess off so you don't end up looking too 'obvious'. You then lightly brush it in any areas that need it.
I apply just over cheekbones, on the temples, nose and chin, then you can also use it to contour the face. Under cheek bones and along jaw line to emphasise, and possibly disguise a double chin, lol. You can also use it on your body to emphasise/enhance certain areas.
It is quite effective as it gives a nice colour while still looking natural. After using it for so long, I now find that I look quite pale and even slightly unwell if I only use foundation and do not highlight my face (that is probably just my opinion although there is a remarkable difference).
Now there is one thing about this product that you are unlikely to learn instore, no matter how knowledgeable the staff are (as they all seem to be!). They bring out a slightly darker shade in summer and lighter shade in winter. I only found this out as I thought I'd lost it once on holiday so rushed out to buy another and found it to be slightly different. My original was bought in nov and the replacement was bought in june.
I mentioned that it looked different to the assistant but she said that she thought it was the same product the whole year round. I took her word for it; it was only when I found the missing tub in a zipped compartment in my suitcase that I noticed that there was a visible difference in products.
I do find that the summer one is a bit dark to use in winter, and vice versa so I now have two on the go and will save my summer lot until spring as they last for years anyway.
All in all... A fab product! I have tried other bronzers and this is the most natural and effective one that I have found so far.
If you like the sound of it get in quick as boots currently have one of their famous 'goody bag' giveaways on where you can grab a pretty bag full of mini products (worth £33!) when you spend over £22 on the range. And don't forget your advantage card, as the points you make are the equivalent of a 4% discount.
And unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your receipt.
I cannot praise this enough as with most of the Boots number 7 range I personally find their make up really nice.
I have had bronzing balls from a few places previously and this is by far the best. I like that with a few dabs you get a nice amount of bronze on your brush without the fear of looking like you rubbed gravy browning on your face. A problem i've had with some others is you are there forever trying to get enough bronzer.
This has lasted me forever as well, it just keeps going and going and lasts really well. There is a slight glitter base to it if you look closely but very fine and just adds to the glow that it gives you.
Its in a really handy size and isnt too large like some of the others on the market so it fits in most makeup and handbags nicely.
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I have to admit bronzing pearls is a product i have wanted to try for quite some time down to the fact that several people i know keep on raving about how good they are. Originally i was going to try the avon version as it is quite cheap but when i was in boots the other day i got a £5 off no7 voucher so decided to try their version instead as with £5 off it was only going to cost me £4.90.
No 7 is a range that is exclusive to boots. I think that it is aimed at older people because i don't know that many young people who buy the products apart from me :). Most of the products i have tried from this range have been good so i would rate them as being off good quality but at the same time not expensive.
The product comes in a clear circular tub with a screw lid that is gold. I like the packaging for this and the gold gives it quite an expensive look.
The first i noticed about this is that you don't get an applicator brush with it. All you get is a cheap sponge which i think is disappointing. The pearls themselves are like little balls and look just like other bronzing pearls i have seen. Since you don't get a brush with these i would recommend using a powder brush and apply to cheeks and forehead etc. Excess powder can be shaken off the brush by lightly tapping it on the side of the container.
Overall i quite liked this product. I found it smelled nice,gave my skin a nice glow and lasted a while. Also so far it hasn't caused any bad reactions to my skin either.
Create a healthy sunkissed glow /